What Does cPanel Hosting Denote?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...